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There is a growing need to fill engineering and technology positions at broadcast facilities across the country. Many stations have expressed concerns over how to find and attract the next generation of technical talent to our industry.

PILOT and the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF) will award grants to selected NAB member stations to provide paid engineering or media technology internships to undergraduate students.

We’re giving preference to small and medium-sized members that do not currently offer engineering or media-technology internships, but we will also consider larger members interested in starting or adding such internships. Preference will also be given to stations who have not received these grants previously.


  • Applicant organization must be an NAB member station
  • Station must submit a complete application and have the support of the general manager, and if necessary, corporate management
  • Station must be able to provide a hands-on experience for the intern
  • Station must have a planned program for the full internship term OR a job description that will describe the intern’s duties while employed

Grant Details

PILOT/NABLF will provide internship funds to selected stations in advance, but will require grantees to agree that all participant requirements will be fulfilled.

Summer Internship Grant

$4,800 to cover the cost of interns at $15 per hour for eight 40-hour weeks. In addition, the following will be provided to selected stations by PILOT/NABLF:

  • An online engineering/media technology internship guide
  • Assistance in locating or selecting an intern for the position, if needed
  • A database of resources for potential engineering/media technology interns

Station Responsibilities

Stations participating in the grant program will be required to perform the following:

  • Determine if the intern will work in engineering, IT or another media technology department
  • Select a staff member who will be the primary contact for the internship program, and who will manage the internship grant for the station
  • Solicit for and select intern, and inform PILOT/NABLF when intern is confirmed (grant funds are not released until this step is completed)
  • Participate in update calls with PILOT/NABLF
  • Complete an evaluation of the program
  • Agree that PILOT/NABLF funds provided by this program are applied solely to intern stipends and are not to be applied by the station to interns’ housing costs. If the station decides to hire a student who needs housing, the station’s primary contact should be prepared to assist the student with finding housing for the internship period as needed.

Intern Responsibilities

Interns receiving the grant program’s funds will be required to perform the following:

  • Report to work regularly and accept the terms of a part-time or full-time internship position
  • Continuously solicit feedback from station and fully explore learning opportunities
  • Work with the station to locate housing and cover any housing costs
  • Create a video journal of internship experiences. The journal must be submitted with the evaluation at the end of the program
  • Attend NAB Show to serve as staff interns for the Show, meet with NAB Technology executives, and visit the NAB Show. Interns will be paid by NAB for their time worked as staff interns at the Show, and their travel expenses will be paid by NAB
  • Complete an evaluation of the program